Sights & Sounds of Christmas

The Atchison Community invites you to join us on Saturday, December 3rd for an afternoon of children’s activities, holiday cheer and plenty of excitement ~ culminating with our lighted Christmas Parade.

This is a great event to get anyone into the Christmas Spirit!

12:00pm – 4:30pm: Cinderella Carriage Rides | Carriage will load at 7th and Commercial | Sponsored by Bradken

12:00pm – 4:30pm: Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides | Sleigh will load at 5th and Commercial

10:00am – 2:30pm: The Santa House is Open | 500 Block of Commercial

12:00pm – 5:00pm: Face Painting | 610 Commercial (Gambino’s Pizza)

12:00pm – 4:30pm: Santa’s Workshop (Ages 3-10) | 103 S 7th St (Mall Towers Dining Room) | Sponsored by Blish-Mize

12:00pm – 4:30pm: Little Christmas Train | 600 Block of Commercial | Sponsored by L&L Construction

12:00pm – 4:00pm: Story Time | Boarding at 6th and Commercial | Aboard the Atchison Trolley| Sponsored by Atchison Eye Specialists

12:00pm – 3:00pm: Holiday Photo Opportunity | 500 Block of Commercial

1:30pm: Dance with Me Dance Performers | 524 Commercial (Dance with Me Studio)

2:30pm & 3:45pm: Puppet Shows | Sponsored by MPG Ingredients | 524 Commercial (Dance with Me Studio)

4:00pm: Little Mr. & Miss Wonderland Pageant | Sponsored by Urban Lawncare, The Atchison Globe & First Steps Childhood Learning Center | 819 Commercial (Memorial Hall)

Parade of Lights 5:30pm

The grand finale of the Sights & Sounds of Christmas!
Parade of Lights is Sponsored by Bank of Atchison
3D Glasses sponsored by Berger Company, Golden Star and Patsy Porter, CPA PA.

The parade through beautiful downtown Atchison is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3rd.
There are three parade entry categories:

  • Family
  • Business
  • Church/Youth Groups

If you have any questions, just give us a call at 913-367-2427. Please return your completed entry form to the Atchison Area Chamber of Commerce, located in the Santa Fe Depot at 200 S. 10th St. in Atchison.

Coloring Contest

Presented by the Atchison Chamber of Commerce

Sights & Sounds of Christmas is having a coloring contest for children ages Pre-Kindergarten through 2nd Grade. The kids can color their stocking and write their name on the stocking on the backside of this paper.

Please drop off completed drawings by 5:00pm on Tuesday, November 22nd to:

The Atchison Area Chamber of Commerce at 200 S. 10th Street

Drawings will be judged on Monday, November 28th.

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes for each grade level will be awarded.

Grade Levels:



1st Grade

2nd Grade

All drawings entered will be on display in the Schweser’s Building, 619 Commercial, during the Sights & Sounds of Christmas on Saturday, December 3rd from 12:00pm to 5:00pm. If you would like your child’s drawing back after Sights & Sounds, they can be picked up on that same day anytime after 4:30pm at the same location.

Gingerbread House Contest

Sights & Sounds 4th Annual Gingerbread House Contest

Show off your gingerbread construction skills with the annual Gingerbread House Contest. Entries will be in one of three age groups (10 & under, 10-17, and 18 & over) and are judged on:

  • Overall appearance
  • Creativity
  • Craftsmanship

Entries can be delivered to Gambino’s Pizza, 610 Commercial, on Friday, December 2nd after 1:00 pm. Entry deadline is Saturday, December 3rd at 1:00 pm. Judging will begin at 3:30 pm, winners will be announced at 4:00 pm.

Gingerbread Houses will be on display in the windows on the Mall side of Gambino’s Pizza until after the parade. Please pick up entries after the parade.

North Pole Village

Coloring contest entries on display | 619 Commercial Street | Christmas music playing all day

Visit the Chamber Booth to enter into the Giant Stocking Giveaway! Children ages 4 through 8 are welcome to participate! The winners of the Boys’ and Girls’ stockings will be announced at 4:30 p.m.

3D Glasses, sponsored by Berger Company, Golden Star, Inc., and Patsy Porter CPA PA will also be available at the Chamber booth.

Fresh roasted nuts will be for sale at the Chamber Booth. Cashews, pecans and almonds available. Lighted Christmas accessories for sale! Check out the great lighted accessories available at the Chamber booth! The perfect addition to any Sights & Sounds of Christmas outfit!

iPad Mini Giveaway – Sponsored by Exchange Bank

Spend $20 or more at any Atchison independent business to be entered in a drawing for an iPad Mini. One receipt from each business will be accepted — each must total $20 or more. Must be 12 years or older to participate.

Come write your letters for Santa on our special Christmas stationary!  Mrs. Claus will be at the North Pole Village to collect the letter and hand deliver them to Santa!

The Girl Scouts will be serving soda, water, and hot cider in the North Pole Village. Stop by and purchase a refreshment!

The Atchison Area Chamber of Commerce will sponsor and conduct a 50/50 Pot raffle. The 50/50 winner gets 50 percent of total sales and the remainder will go to the Atchison Downtown Christmas Decoration Fund.
 The pot will start with a total of $100 donated by the Atchison Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Atchison.

The 50/50 Pot winner is chosen by a random drawing conducted by the Atchison Ambassadors from all entries submitted during the 50/50 Pot. Ticket Prices are: 1 ticket for $1 or 6 tickets for $5

The winner will be announced during the Annual Sights & Sounds Parade.
In order to purchase raffle tickets and win, individuals must be 18 years or over.

Additional vendors include:

Atchison Aviators 4-H Group

Face Painter

Ghost Roast Coffee

Gateway to Kansas

Live Well Live Atchison

Model Train Display